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Washington state issues first pot-growing license
By Jonathan Kaminsky OLYMPIA, Washington (Reuters) – Marijuana regulators issued Washington state’s first business license for recreational cannabis on Wednesday to a grower who said he expects to have blooming pot plants ready to harvest within eight weeks. Washington state and Colorado residents alike voted to legalize personal possession and consumption of marijuana for adults in 2012, with Colorado getting a jump on opening state-licensed retail stores, which also were permitted to grow their own. Colorado beat Washington to the punch in part because it already had a system in place for licensing medical marijuana suppliers, and they became the first group of outlets allowed to enter the newly created recreational pot market in January. Medical marijuana was already legal in Washington as well, but the state had no formal regulation of its supply and distribution.